The Senate's tenuous compromise on abortion in its health bill won White House support on Sunday.

White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod said that the Senate bill's provisions seeking to block federal funds from supporting abortion meets President Barack Obama's criteria of not upsetting current abortion law.

"The president's goal from the beginning was not to upset the existing federal law," Axelrod said during an appearance on "This Week" on ABC. "We believe that the compromise that was struck was faithful to that commitment."

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The Senate compromise, which was included to win the 60th vote of Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), seeks to segregate federal funds from going to subsidize the purchase of health plans covering abortion services.

The deal received harsh criticism from both supporters and opponents of abortion rights on Saturday, with House leaders on both sides of the issue expressing serious concerns about the compromise, as well.

Axelrod praised the deal with Nelson in the Senate, arguing that it should be something behind which most lawmakers can rally.

"I think the compromise that was arrived at was good because it preserved the rights of women to choose, and it didn't change existing law one way or another," he said. "And I would expect that would be something people could rally behind."